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Knossos Archaeological Site

KNOSOS, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Knosos Archaeological site 12km south of Heraklion
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Knosos Archaeological site 12km south of Heraklion
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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Perseus, the Minotaur and the Golden thread, if they were real then this is where it happened. Knossos was the original Palace of the kings of the Minoan culture. This non violent culture maintained peace and freedom in the Eastern Mediterranean for 1500 years. Where did we go wrong. The site is large and complex, having been overlaid by a... More 

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This place has such a fascinating and mysterious history, ...one can feel the pull of the ancient world here, like vibrations from the past how did they look how did they interact, what was it really like to have lived in "Minoan times" Some things cannot be experienced by seeing photographs.. you need to be actually in them.. this is... More 

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Munich, Bayern, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

After reading a lot about of the site i was a little bit apprehenive we went there were no crowds so had plenty off time to look around,the thing that,we felt it had been,over the top refurbished to accomodate the tourists

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Heraklion, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

5000 years old amazing place.You must visit if you come to Crete.Here was the Minotaur's labirinth.See the architect of so many years back.No words.Just visit and explore it.You need defenetly a professional guide.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Have always wanted to visit since my school days..Bucket list now one less...Disappointed at the way the reconstruction has been completed,, Seems that it is being renovated to the thoughts of the archeologist who was given the task many years ago,, Lots of concrete rather than original brickwork and sone paintings that looked too modern for my liking..The Minoan culture... More 

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Betchworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a very popular site and the inevitable crowds are there in full force. However the site is worth a visit despite the badly put together exhibits which appear to have been plastered together by the local children. Having read a lot about the history of the Minoans and their myth of the great bull or minator it was... More 

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Brisbane Australa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I had wanted to go to Knossos for a long time, but it was not until I was in Crete that I realised that the ruins had been "modified" extensively! Oh so much concrete, so badly used.. I was glad that I was prepared to be disappointed, and I certainly was. We arrived early but the usual LARGE tour groups... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We really enjoyed our guided tour around this amazing site with Niki, a lively English speaking guide who kindly found shady spots to teach us about the wonders of Knossos and the Minoans. We had not booked in advance. We went to the booth for guides and waited for a party to form. It was really worth the fee as... More 

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Budapest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We arrived to the site about 9 a.m. so we found a good parking place in front of the entrance. As we already purchased our ticket at the Archeological Museum we did not have to bother with that either, though there was no real cue (than). I read through some informational materials about Knossos, so I told my husband to... More 

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Suffolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We went in the summer, and were offered tours at the gate. We decided to look round by ourselves, but soon found a party going round with a very good guide who explained everything so well, so we went round with them. It's so much better when you have the background and history explained. Some of the site was reconstructed... More 

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